KOMO News Interviews Williamson & Williams About Stellar Checks

September 21st, 2016

Checks have been sent out to over 27,000 Washington businesses as a result of our firm obtaining a judgment of $4,000,000 against Stellar Concepts and Designs for broadcasting over 30,000 robocalls to Washington businesses.  Many recipients were skeptical and have called the Attorney General, the Better Business Bureau, their banks, the court, our law firm and KOMO News. Connie Thompson of KOMO was interested in the story and interviewed us so that viewers could learn more about the case and be assured the checks were genuine:

When someone you don’t know suddenly sends you a check for nearly a hundred dollars – it can pay to be suspicious. But in this case, the checks are real.

They’re settlement checks from a class action lawsuit over illegal robocalls.

The case is unique, because instead of going to individual consumers the robocall sales pitches targeted small businesses.

Seattle attorneys Rob Williamson and Kim Williams filed the class action lawsuit after being contacted by small business owner Richard Maclean. Maclean complanied his business line was being targeted by robocall sales pitches from a company called Stellar Concepts and Design.

See the rest of the article at Local check mailings raise suspicion, but the $92 checks are legit.

And here’s the interview that aired on KOMO 4 News:

If you received a similar check or would like more information on the Stellar case, read more here.

Mortgage Lender Robocall and DNC Settlement Approval

January 25th, 2016

In early January, 2016, a United States District Court Judge for the District of Oregon gave final approval to a sizeable class action settlement against a mortgage lender in a class action case in which Williamson & Williams and co-counsel represented the plaintiff class representatives and the settlement class.  Under the terms of the settlement, eligible consumers who received automated calls to their cellular telephones and/or calls to their telephone numbers registered on the National Do-Not-Call Registry from the mortgage lender will receive cash awards from a settlement fund.  In addition, the settlement provides that the mortgage lender will implement a program to ensure that, in the future, its personnel will comply with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Lawsuit against Washington Collection Agency for Choice of Venue

January 25th, 2016

In July 2015, Williamson & Williams and co-counsel filed a Class Action Complaint for Damages and Injunctive Relief against a Washington collection agency, alleging that the collection agency violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by filing debt collection lawsuits in King County District Court venues where debtor defendants neither lived nor signed the contracts on which they were being sued.  Plaintiffs and potential class representatives seek an injunction preventing the debt collector from filing collection actions in district court venues where the debtor does not reside, or where the contract at issue was not signed, as well as an award of damages for each plaintiff and class member.

Consumers Union Campaign to Stop Robocalls

September 17th, 2015

According to the Consumers Union, the major telephone carriers have the technical ability to prevent consumers from receiving robo-calls, but have declined to implement changes that could bring an end to these unwanted and irritating sales pitches.  You can sign a petition requesting that the carriers take action.

According to Consumers Union, “Robocallers invade our homes and privacy. They circumvent the Do Not Call list. And they cost us real money – an estimated $350 million a year is lost to phone scams.  Phone companies can block these calls before they reach you. Yet the companies aren’t doing it.”  Hopefully, with enough consumer feedback, the phone companies will be motivated to take action to help stop robo-calls!

Record Settlement for Consumers who Received Unwanted Robocalls from Capital One

September 15th, 2015

Williamson & Williams and co-counsel represented the plaintiff class representatives and settlement class in a robocalls case against Capital One that was finalized in June 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  The settlement was the largest all-cash class settlement in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s history. Under the settlement terms, consumers who receiving automated or prerecorded calls on their cell phones had the right to make claims for their share of the common fund, and Capital One agreed to new business practices that will make it less likely that consumers will receive similar robocalls from Capital One concerning credit card debts in the future.